Foreword (October 2023)


By John Thisgaard, Jenny Awad (FoodLegal Bulletin Co-Editors) and Joe Lederman (FoodLegal Chairperson and Co-Editor)

Welcome to the October 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!


1.    Connect with FoodLegal

Connect with FoodLegal on LinkedIn to ensure that you never miss an update!


2.    FoodLegal Events

Food Labelling 101 Full Day Workshop – Thursday 19 October 2023 

Tickets are still available for our popular full day Food Labelling 101 workshop.

You can register to attend in person at the venue (Melbourne CBD, catering provided) or online. In-person numbers are limited.

We will dive into the fundamentals of food labelling and how to ensure your food product is compliant for import or sale in Australia and New Zealand. We will help you answer questions such as:

·         What information MUST appear on your food label?

·         How do you write an ingredients list?

·         What is the difference between food additives and processing aids?

·         When can pictures or brand names get you into trouble?

·         How should allergens be declared on a label?

Book Food Labelling 101 here.


Trending Claims – Wednesday 15 November 2023

This online interactive FoodLegal workshop will empower you to assess the regulatory risk of the latest emerging and trending claims.

We will explore the latest Court precedents and regulatory enforcement actions that impact trending food product claims (on pack and on other advertising like social media) including ‘Sustainable’, ‘Plant-based’, ‘All Natural’ and many more!

Book Trending Claims here.


3.    In this October 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

In this FoodLegal Bulletin, our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally” updates the latest in regulatory developments and news.

In our FREE article “Proposed ‘Biosecurity Protection Levy’ to be imposed on Australian farmers and other primary producers”, we explore the likely impacts, and question whether farmers actually are the persons deriving all the so-called additional benefits that the Federal Government asserts are derived from the programs to be funded by the levy.

In “Implications for fruit juice and other food products making 'no added sugar' claims, proposed changes to Food Standards Code we address the proposed update to the definition of ‘added sugar’ and additional requirements for ‘no added sugar’ claims.

In “Novel Foods: When can using a new production technique cause an ingredient to be a novel food?", we explore examples of where a production technique can result in an ingredient being a novel food, and some of the relevant factors that businesses should consider. 

In "How can businesses avoid penalties under the new Unfair contract terms ACL law?”, we review the law of unfair contract terms and outline the key issues businesses should be aware of in the context of new unfair contract penalties and offences.

We hope you enjoy this October 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

John ThisgaardJenny Awad and Joe Lederman

FoodLegal Bulletin

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 10 Oct 2023. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice for your particular circumstances if you want to rely on advice or information to be a basis for any commercial decision-making by you or your business.